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‘I got death threats’: Dennis Rodman in emotional TV interview as Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un

Rodman has struck up an unlikely friendship with the basketball loving North Korean leader and made five trips to Pyongyang since Kim took power

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2018, 5:20am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2018, 11:29am

Basketball star and improbable North Korean envoy Dennis Rodman broke down in tears live on television Tuesday as he recounted the hostility he faced for meeting dictator Kim Jong-un.

Amid a landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and the young North Korean strongman, Rodman appeared on CNN to voice hope, and vindication.

“I got death threats,” Rodman said breaking down in tears.

“I couldn’t even go home ... I had to hide out for 30 days.”

Saying the controversial talks between him and Kim and between Trump and Kim were the right thing to do, Rodman said: “We need the doors to be open and start fresh and make this world a better place, baby, that’s it”.

Rodman has struck up an unlikely friendship with the basketball loving North Korean leader and made five trips to Pyongyang since Kim took power.

He flew into Singapore late Monday to be present for the historic first summit between the two leaders.

He appeared on television wearing a Trump supporters’ “Make America Great Again” hat and a tee-shirt from his cryptocurrency sponsor.

Rodman also told CNN that a White House staffer called the former Celebrity Apprentice contestant to tell him the president was proud of him.

In 2014, Trump publicly ridiculed Rodman on Twitter.

“Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Glad I fired him on Apprentice!” Trump said.